Things that aren't cool about being bed-ridden ill:
- You can't go out to play.
- The weekend to-do list doesn't get even touched.
- Sub plans are a bear to put together and you never know who's gonna show up.
- Nothing tastes good.
- The 4-legged family members try to comfort you - at the peak of your fever - by wanting to lay on top of you - all 4 of them.
- You miss the Saturday farmers' market.
- You miss all the social offers for the weekend.
- You simply feel like crud.
Things that are sorta cool about being bed-ridden ill:
- You get to watch your favorite flicks all day - and it doesn't matter if you fall asleep in the middle of them because you've already seen them dozens of times.
- Lipton's Cup of Soup (because you're too tired and too sick to make homemade...)
- Extra sleep is an expected necessity rather than feeling like stealing time.
- Listening to books on tape (because reading hurts your feverish eyes).
- Not minding you didn't get your first-day-of-fall hike in because it was overcast and muggy and too hot unless you went out between 6/7 and 10/11am - which you couldn't do anyway.
- A cold washcloth on the forehead.
- Iced green tea with honey and mint.
- Getting to play with Light Room 4.
- Sorting through thousands of photos to re-catalog.
- Things slow down.
- More sleep.
And so, this post's photo is from one of those purging and sorting sessions - between high and low fever spells. I love this one. My son was totally jazzed about seeing this mural by Shepard Fairey, founder of the OBEY company. This one is by the Navy Pier and, I believe, unveiled just a few months before we arrived in November of 2011. We made 2 passes by it to try to get a quick photo. No luck in the dim light from a moving car. So, after many twists and turns under and over passes and many one-way streets in downtown Chicago to find someplace to park, we trudged over more street intersections to get an up close look.
It was worth it.